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Hot August sales shrivel inventories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Strong auto sales in August drained dealer lots, pushing U.S. inventories to the lowest level in months.... Read More »

 

Kia prices Soul EV at $33,700, above Leaf

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
The Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Motor Group’s first all-electric vehicle, will cost $33,700 before shipping and government incentives when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall.... Read More »

 

Toyota scouting Mexico for assembly plant, reports say

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Toyota, the last of the world's major automakers without a full assembly plant in Mexico, is scouting the country for possible factory sites, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.... Read More »

 

Kia to boost Forte supply -- in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Kia is evaluating which nameplates it will assemble as part of "a range" of compact models to be built at the plant in Monterrey that Kia announced last week.... Read More »

 

Kia targets 270,000 sales of the new Sorento next year

Aug. 28, 2014 10:05 CET
Kia unveiled its redesigned Sorento, saying it aims to sell 270,000 units of the SUV globally next year as the automaker seeks to maintain its momentum in the U.S., Europe and other key markets.... Read More »

 

Kia says it will build 'range' of small cars at new plant in Mexico

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Kia plans to produce “a range” of small cars for markets including the United States at its $1 billion plant in Monterrey, Mexico, after production begins in the first half of 2016, the company said in a statement.... Read More »

 

Kia to unveil plans for assembly plant in Mexico, sources say

6:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Kia will announce plans Wednesday to construct an assembly plant in Mexico, its first in the country, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. The South Korean automaker will build the factory in the Monterrey area of northern Mexico, a senior automotive industry source in Mexico City told Automotive News.... Read More »

 

Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
BUYER: Garcia Automotive Group
SELLER: Lawton Davis
OLD NAME: Galles & Davis Cadillac-Subaru, Albuquerque, N.M.
NEW NAMES: Garcia Cadillac, Garcia Subaru
MORE: Ryan Morris and Keeley Bedford of Tim Lamb Group were the advisers.... Read More »

 

Kia brings back hamsters for Soul EV ad campaign

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Kia rolled out the new “fully charged” ad campaign for the Soul EV today, featuring Adam Levine's falsetto on the new Maroon 5 track “Animals” and, of course, the Kia hamsters.... Read More »

 

Blessing from Pope Francis may help sell a few Souls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Kicking off a five-day visit to South Korea last week, the pope slipped into the back of a Kia Soul and rolled down a window to wave at the welcoming party, including President Park Geun-hye.... Read More »

 

2016 Sorento longer, lower, roomier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Kia has released the first images of the 2016 Sorento, which will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version... Read More »

 

Kia joins Bentley in wooing the 1% crowd at Pebble Beach

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The number of automotive brands making an appearance at the classic-car events in Pebble Beach, California, this week reflects the increasing number of automakers fighting for a piece of the luxury new-vehicle market. High-end car sales, fueled both by more mass-market brands offering upscale models and more premium marques offering lower priced choices, have outpaced the U.S. auto industry's growth since 2012.... Read More »

 

Smartphone camera makers see next opportunity in cars

2:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
South Korean smartphone camera makers are tapping the surging yet more technologically demanding market for vehicle cameras to dull the impact of slowing growth in global handset sales.... Read More »

 

Pope bestows halo on Kia's Soul

Aug. 14, 2014 12:19 CET
Pope Francis is helping to elevate the profile of the Kia Soul beyond that of the car of choice for dancing hamsters.... Read More »

 

Kia Sorento to get bigger footprint for 2016

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
The next-generation Kia Sorento crossover will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version. Kia released the first images of the 2016 Sorento today ahead of an unveiling this month in South Korea.... Read More »

 

Kia goals: Refine the ride, polish brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With its lineup almost completely fleshed out, Kia will have a steadier pace of about two major launches per year, each one seeking to make steady progress in refining the ride, handling, powertrains and technologies of the Kia lineup.... Read More »

 

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Toyota, supporter of Korean culture

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Would you do a double-take if Volvo were the sponsor of the Country Music Awards? How about if BMW were the primary sponsor, and the only automotive sponsor, of a museum exhibit of Japanese samurai swords?... Read More »

 

Kia aims to take lead on leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Kia Motors America wants to cut its outsize dependence on third-party shopping sites for online sales leads. Now, 80 percent of the online leads Kia sends to dealerships come from third-party vendors or sources other than its retail Web site. Kia wants to reduce the figure to 55 percent.... Read More »

 

July's gist: Gains for (almost) everyone

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
U.S. auto sales rose 9 percent in July to 1.4 million units, a fifth strong month to ease the memory of harsh winter storms that blunted January and February volume. On the day that shareholders approved the merger that formally creates Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chrysler Group posted a 20 percent U.S. sales gain to lead all major players.... Read More »

 

Kia hints at next Sorento with design sketches

9:58 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Kia Motors plans to unveil the redesigned, third-generation Sorento next month in Korea.... Read More »

 

Kia in talks to open $1.5 billion Mexico assembly plant, report says

6:52 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Kia is in talks with Mexico to open a new auto assembly plant worth at least $1.5 billion, officials from Nuevo Leon's state government told Reuters. The factory, which sources say will have an annual capacity of some 300,000 cars, would be built on the northeastern fringe of the city of Monterrey.... Read More »

 

Automakers await the details of EPA plan for mpg road tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Automakers see merit in an EPA proposal that would require them to road test vehicles to verify mileage claims, but they are unclear on how the tests would be handled.... Read More »

 

EPA seeks real-world tests of mpg claims

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The EPA plans to require automakers to road test vehicles to verify fuel-economy figures before they are published on window stickers and other sources.... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia tune into tuning

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
A wave of deregulation has opened the door for Hyundai and Kia to finally bring out some bling.... Read More »

 

Slow growth masks big swings in ad budgets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The placid flow of automakers' advertising dollars toward digital platforms last year masked some rather powerful currents below the surface.... Read More »

 

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